It's 4:30 am here and I should be asleep. I just rewatched Romney's victory speech.
It's quite clear he's is doing 3 things:
1) Ron Pauling about the Constitution and debt issues, u
2) Criticizing Obama, especially in regards to the economy. Using his business experience as 'proof' he understands the economy.
3) Differentiating himself from Paul on one key point - he keeps talking about building a military 'that no other country would ever think of attacking'.
1+3 effectively means he's Ron Pauling all of the 'core value' principals of RP, but glossing it over with what the people want to hear. Mind you, this requires an almost ignorant level of understanding --
1) we already have the most powerful military, by far
2) a strong military did not prevent 9/11
3) you can not 'balance the budget' while increasing the military like he suggests.
Anyway. My point is this... listening to him speak, I understand part of the issue we're having. It's quite clear that the other candidates stealing Ron Paul's platforms is working. They all now talk about the Constitution, the Fed, and other issues so often that people not paying attention don't realize Ron Paul is the only one that actually means it.
My suggestion solution? I think Ron Paul needs to amp up his differences. He needs to put forth ideas that no other candidate will touch with a ten foot pole, but will appeal to the people. He needs to embrace his differences with the party... because we already have a Romney 'dedicated to the Constitution', a Gingrich that speaks of the gold standard, and a Santorum that talks about the debt.
So embrace the differences. Amplify them.
Ok. That was my 4:30 vent. Mods, feel free to move.